Jesus' death on the cross was the fulfillment of the Jewish sacrificial laws. He was the perfect lamb of God sacrificed to take away our sins.
That raised a question in my mind ome time ago. Why did Jesus die on Passover? Why didn't the crucifixion happen on the Day of Atonement?
Here's my thought: Passover is the day the old covenant began. So Jesus initiates the new covenant on Passover, because Passover is the day for covenants.
Passover is the festival of salvation, of redemption. Have a look at the significance of the cups of wine, the bread of affliction, the purging of leaven (and what that symbolizes), and the passing-over from death to life.
By comparison, Yom Kippur- important as it is- represents reconciliation, but it isn't Passover.
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